Day 1: Florence – Radda in Chianti. At 9 A.M. - meet bike fitting, route brief and safety instruction at Florence By Bike, Tuscany’s premier rental center. Choose hybrid, road or mountain bike (men’s or women’s frame available). Van transfer to town of Impruneta. Ride Profile: This is a classic route taking in the famous Strada in Chianti (Road in Chianti). While our team sets up the bikes explore the Piazza of Impruneta, (the “Citta di Cotto”) where the tiles for Florence’s Duomo were created. Leaving Impruneta on bike we access Strada in Chanti and it’s rolling hills, passing vineyards and olive groves.
Lunch stop with our good friend Tina (top local wine and cheese gourmet) at Café Le Logge. After lunch optional ride or van transfer to Radda in Chianti. Hotel: check in at Palazzo Leopoldo, (Four Star). This very beautiful classic Tuscan residence has been perfectly restored. This historic residence offers standard, deluxe and junior suite accommodations. Includes: (L), D).
Day 2: Radda in Chianti. Loop ride of area including Gaiole in Chianti, with stop at world famous ceramics manufacturer, Rampini (shipping to your home available), followed by a visit to Castello Brolio, Enoteca Del Castello Di Brolio. Ride Profile: Moderate, rolling hills approximately 30 kilometers. Over night, Palazzo Leopoldo. Cooking Class: Optional afternoon cooking class at your hotel. Learn the simple art of classic Tuscan cooking and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 3: Radda – Siena. 9 A.M. Check Out Palazzo Leopoldo. Ride to Castellina in Chianti, with time to sightseeing, shop and explore this classic Tuscan village, then back on bikes for a ride to San Donato in Poggio for lunch and private guided wine tasting tour, weather permitting tour of vineyard by Classic Jeep at Podere La Cappella. This is a privately owned up and coming small vineyard producing 4 varieties, Chianti Classico, Reserve and two “Super Tuscans” (Merlot and Merlot-Sangiovese). The wine is outstanding, this vineyard produces wine for the Vatican. You can purchase directly from them, shipping to your home available. Lunch is prepared for you by the owner’s in their kitchen. Ride Profile: Moderate, rolling hills with one small climb, approximately 45 kilometers. Van and Luggage transfer to Siena.
Hotel: Check in, Grand Hotel Continental (5 star) Siena’s premier luxury hotel located in the very heart of Siena. This hotel is listed in the “Leading Hotels of the World”. You will be in the heart of Siena, near the Piazza del Campo, the Duomo and the city’s most exclusive shopping district. This 17th century palace contains many treasured frescoes. Painstakingly restored to its current state of elegance the hotel is perfect for satisfying the needs of sophisticated international travelers. (Deluxe or Junior suites available). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Siena. Loop ride of area including towns of Castelnuovo Berardenge – Rapolano Terme – Asciano. Visit the hot springs at Rapolano. Ride Profile: Moderate, flat, rolling hills, approximately 55 kilometers. Cooking Class: Optional cooking course. Earn your degree with this professional Tuscan cooking class offered at your hotel. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 5: Siena. Loop ride of area including medieval castle town of Monteriggioni. Ride Profile: Moderate, rolling hills, approximately 40 kilometers. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: Siena - Florence. 9 A.m. check out van transfer, Florence. Bike return. Tour Concluded. Includes: (B).
- Four and five star lodgings, double standard rooms. Deluxe doubles and junior suites available for additional charge
- All indicated meals and activities
- Van and Luggage transfers
- Routes and maps
- Rental bikes
- Professional Guide and van support (Guided Tours)
- Optional: Cooking classes
Note: For your comfort we ask that guests participating in this tour arrive in Florence one day prior to tour start. Should you require an overnight stay in Florence just let us know, we have a wide array of top quality lodgings to choose from. As for activities, guided walking tours, cooking courses, outlet shopping trips to name a few are all available upon request.
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